Burglars, thieves and robbers in North Wales are supplied with GPS monitoring tags upon launch from jail

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Sent: Tue July 27, 2021

Updated: July 27th

North Wales burglars, thieves and robbers who have served a year or more in prison will be tagged with a GPS tag upon release.

The “world first” program to combat neighborhood criminals was originally launched in six police districts, including Cheshire and the Welsh Police Department of Gwent in April, but will be expanded to include North Wales.

The move is part of a new anti-crime plan by the UK government released today to “ensure the public is better protected in every part of the country”.

The plan calls for each neighborhood to have accessible, named police officers who know their area and are “best placed to ensure that ongoing crime and antisocial behavior are combated”.

The UK government also says it will make unpaid community work more visible by “getting perpetrators to clean streets, alleys, estates and open spaces and ensure justice is done”.

Leaderboards of reaction times for the 101 and 999 lines of each troop are also published.

In North Wales, GPS tags are automatically tagged with “burglars, thieves and robbers” when they are released, so that their whereabouts can be monitored 24 hours a day by GPS satellites for up to 12 months.

Police will be able to work with HM Prison and Probation Service personnel to investigate whether the people on the labels have been near any break-ins, theft and robbery.

“It could provide the crucial evidence needed to catch the perpetrators.” That’s what the British government says.

The tags are also designed to act as a deterrent, protecting the public from further break-ins and theft, and forcing these professional criminals to make a more honest livelihood. It is hoped that this novel approach will reduce the estimated £ 4.8 billion burden such crimes place on taxpayers each year.

Police officers can report any break-ins, thefts or robberies they investigate to a special unit overseen by the HM Prison and Probation Service.

Trained staff can then tag people’s location history with details of the crime, so the police can either rule out suspects or investigate further.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

I am determined to reduce crime and create a safer society for the public, and the Beating Crime Plan shows how the government will do just that.

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